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A new ‘intrinsically Jewish’ production of Hunchback of Notre Dame

After a string of Jewish theatrical roles, classically trained singer Jarod Rhine-Davis is finally fulfilling his dream of starring in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Dressing as Quasimodo himself, Rhine-Davis speaks – and sings – to TJI about the musical's complex characters, relatable themes and 'intrinsically Jewish' lessons.
Ruby Kraner-Tucci
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Jarod Rhine-Davis dressed as Quasimodo in green

Jarod Rhine-Davis stars as Quasimodo in the BATS Theatre Company’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. (Image: supplied)

Published: 24 June 2024

Last updated: 24 June 2024

BATS Theatre Company's The Hunchback of Notre Dame is playing on Friday 5 July to Sunday 7 July 2024 at the Tony Sheumack Centre for Performing Arts in Melbourne. Tickets are available to purchase online.

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Ruby Kraner-Tucci

Ruby Kraner-Tucci is a journalist and assistant editor of TJI. Her writing has appeared in The Age, Time Out, Law Society Journal and Dumbo Feather Magazine. She previously reported on the charity sector as a journalist for Pro Bono News and undertook internships at The Australian Jewish News and Broadsheet Media.


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